Space Track unfunded for next year?

From: Allen Thomson (
Date: Tue Apr 17 2007 - 10:15:28 EDT

  • Next message: "CSSI webinar: Space Debris - Chinese ASAT Test Adds More to the Clutter (From stephan szyman)"

    Perhaps slightly OT, but also perhaps of interest:
    there is a document called the FY 2008 Unfunded Priority List for the
    U.S. Air Force's budget for fiscal year 2008 (October 2007 through
    September 2008).
    On pp. 354-355 of the document, in a section titled Space Situation
    Awareness, it indicates that no money at all is currently in the budget
    for the "Commercial and Foreign Entities" activity.  CFE is the origin
    of Space Track, which is the means by which satellite orbital elements
    (TLEs)are distributed.  A congressional add-on of $1.2 million would be
    needed to fund CFE. 
    See for
    more on CFE.
    See for Space Track.
    According to some people with USAF contacts I've talked with, this
    defunding is due to a combination of budget crunch, belief at senior
    levels that the program is of little worth, and also some concerns
    about security risks of an unspecified sort.  The latter concerns may
    be reflected in a more restrictive policy for distributing orbital
    elements that is apparently being formulated.
    I'm not sure how much of this is likely to come true, because there are
    good reasons to continue Space Track -- collision avoidance services
    are an obvious example.  
    Subscribe/Unsubscribe info, Frequently Asked Questions, SeeSat-L archive:

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Tue Apr 17 2007 - 10:38:06 EDT